Space Station Middle Finger
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Space Station Middle FingerSpace Station Middle Finger
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #59
ABV:
6%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,986
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
1,808
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Space Station Middle FingerSpace Station Middle Finger
Notes: From the dawn of time, humans have looked to the sky for answers. Space Station Middle Finger replies to all from its eternal orbit. Behold and enjoy Space Station Middle Finger, a bright golden American Pale Ale.

50 IBU
Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 1,808 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger American Pale Ale.
6 % ABV, 50 IBU.
Three Floyds Brewing, Munster, IN.

Lightly hazy, bright amber/orange coloring, slim white head.

In the nose: Beautiful blend of citrusy hops pop up in the aroma.

In the mouth: Just a little juicy, with a brief bitter blast on the palate. A cornucopia of deliciousness ensues: grapefruit, peach, apricot, lemon. A touch of sweet to swim with the bitter. Lightish bodied, long lasting pleasure. This is a pretty perfect pale ale. I recommend it to one and all. Good pale ale and you surely can drink it.

Oct 17, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the corna sto'

Hazy, small amount of foam. Smell is light; wheat, metallic hops. Very bright and hoppy right off the bat, JUICY, lemon, pepper, and a very small smattering of dry cracker malt. Slick on the tongue, but easy to drink compared with other hop bombs

I appreciated the lack of malt and the clean hop-forward taste.. Expertly brewed

Sep 29, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is sweet and malty with notes of pine, citrus and rye bread.

Taste is malty and rich with nice breadiness. Notes of citrus, pine, rye and some floral hints. Moderate bitterness and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a very balanced, old school APA/IPA.

Sep 22, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

De Mikkeller. En copa Teku. Jugando con los niños a Roblox (Tower of hell, Kick off, Big Paintball) Perfil maltoso, algo caramelizado y con algo de galleta, con una suave capa de lupulos cítricos y algo resinosos. Muy bebible, con feel y retrogusto suaves y agradables. Buena, pero tampoco algo espectacular

Aug 14, 2020
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adamette from Ohio

3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Live review.
Poured from the 12 ounce bottle that my brother Pete gave me as a part of a 6 pack of "extras" that he had a while ago into a clean, clear glass. Thanks Pete! "Bottled on 10 09 19" printed near neck of bottle.

A: appearance is a murky golden yellow orange body under a healthy 1 to 2 inch head. Good look.

S: Some distant hops and malt and maybe some citrus.

T: Much harsher bitterness in the taste than the smell suggested. Bitterness lingers for 1 to 2 minutes after last sip as well which is not necessarily something that pleases me. Malt and hops are there, not too boozy and a kick of citrus in the middle there which was not suggested by my repeated smells before I sipped it.

M: mouthfeel is that harsh bitterness which lingers for too long for my taste.

Overall: Meh, rather forgettable but I enjoyed the name and the label (as it appears here on BA).

Notes: I am usually swayed by aspects of a beer like which brewery or (especially) what style it may be. I LOVE Three Floyds Brewing Corp. and so the stage was set for me to love this beer. I have to say that I am disappointed.

Apr 18, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was CANother one of my last purchases at/from Rieker Bottle Works before everything went to shut-down/shut-in. I'm glad that PA has begun getting distro from Three Floyds again!

From the Bottle: "New Horizons in Flavor"; "American Pale Ale"; "From the dawn of time, humans have looked to the sky for answers. Space Station Middle Finger replies to all from its eternal orbit. Behold and enjoy this bright golden American Pale Ale."

I just finished a UC Chat with a favorable outcome so now, it was time to Pop! the cap. I then proceeded with a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was highly successful in that I got two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity so of course I was joined in this space expedition by The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste before lift-off. Nose had a pronounced grapefruit citrusiness as well as a bready honey maltiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was full-on grapefruit & while this site's Style Guide mentions "caramel malt", I did not perceive much/any sweetness. Instead, the malt was far more biscuity than the nose had led me to expect. For me, this was a pleasant surprise. Finish tended to be dry, but not gaspingly so. This was a nice change of pace for me, coming after an onslaught of DIPAs. Thanks for coming back to PA, 3 Floyds! YMMV.

Apr 03, 2020
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield OG teku glass. Exactly one month from the bottling date when consumed. Purchased at Root Cellar in Cincinnati.

A: A nice dark-ish gold - darker in color than most APAs, but a good color for a beer. Moderately hazy with good visible carbonation. Forms a thin white head that fades quickly.

S: Seems pretty subdued even for style. Citrus (orange and lighter lemon) juice and a bit of pith. Grassy and tropical fruit hops, biscuit malts, mild sweetness. No toast, no caramel, but a little more malty than expected.

T: Citrus and grassy hops – light but present up front. Mild resin, and a bit of noble/vegetal type bitterness as well. Biscuit malts add a bit of brassy sweetness, but again no caramel. Modest bitterness – citrus pith and earthy – in the hang.

M: An average body for an APA, good carbonation sensation, and low alcohol flavors.

O: This was really a swing and miss for me. A forgettable APA, especially from the makers of Zombie Dust. This is in no way offensive, but the hops are more earthy and herbal rather than a bright fruity dry-hop approach with ZD. The malts are more prominent and lean a bit towards bready rather than a crisp cracker style. It’s like an English IPA, but turned into an APA. Just not anything I’m likely ever looking for.

Mar 29, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy if JohnnyHops.
Slightly hazy copper.
Very similar to other PA’s/IPA’s from 3F. And it’s not a bad thing. The hops tend to be more on the herbal and citrus side with a biscuit malt profile.
Reminds me of one of my first IPA’s, Bridgeport from Portland. Kind of a more traditional version of the style.

Jan 25, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Honey brown-orange, translucent. Frothy head is a quick fade to an ivory wisp. Forever sticky lace.

S: Super floral and pine resin. Both quite strong.

T: Follows nose with intense bitterness.

F: Medium right-size body.

O: A dry bitter afterbite but otherwise uniquely brilliant.

Jan 01, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the underrated beers in the 3 Floyds lineup. Not as good as Alpha King and better than Lazer Snake. Look is a clear golden amber, very nice but not the greatest color. Expected 3 Floyds head and lacing. Maltier, sweeter, and less hop flavor than most 3 Floyds IPAs, making for less depth of flavor or balance than a world class beer. What I like best is this beer holds up well in a bottle and doesn’t lose as much from draft to bottle as usual. Overall a good beer that I’m glad exists.

Dec 05, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker.

Appearance
Lightly hazy golden blonde. 1 finger of creamy white head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Lemon, grapefruit, pine, and honey. Light aroma.

Taste
Toasty and biscuity. Grapefruit pith, lemon, and pine. Firm caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Very well balanced yet "meaty" APA. Mighty fine.

Dec 03, 2019
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smbslt from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow orange with a generous off-white head supplied with ample carbonation.
Orange with some minty undertones.
More citrus with grapefruit dominating the taste
Light and smooth with a bit of harshness at the end.
Overall a bit on the bright side for a pale ale needing some balance.

Nov 30, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange/gold color with a thick white head. Nice retention and adequate lacing. Aroma is pine forward and citrusy. Flavor follows the nose, lots of bitter piney hops, rather one dimensional. Feel is light bodied, well carbonated. Overall a decent enough pale ale.

Nov 29, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

**
11/29/19

Bottle to stemless wine glass.

LOOK: Orange yellow color. A tiny bit of haze making it not quite opaque. small white head, fades, but reforms easily.
AROMA: grass, pine, biscuit, malt. Touch of lemon and tangerine later. Interesting mix.
TASTE: cracker, biscuit, touch of baking soda, pine, lemon. Bit of a soapy taste in the finish (but only fleeting) .
FEEL: Creamy, but with a little bite. Medium to light bodied.

Not bad. Was turned off by aroma and taste initially and had this down near a 3 overall, but I slowly came around a bit as things started to click for me.

**

Nov 29, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite a nice pale ale but didn’t quite live up to my high expectations for this great brewery. Bottled date 8/14/19. Pours a slightly orange-golden color with a little cap of white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of bitter orange and lemon fruity hops, vanilla, caramel, malt and bread. Taste follows the nose. I enjoy bitter hoppiness but this one was a little too bitter and acidic and overwhelmed the malt backbone. Smooth, slightly thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Not a bad effort but certainly nowhere near their other amazing pale ales or IPAs.

Nov 27, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, orange peel and toasted caramel. Big bitter hop bite with toasted caramel and citrus.

Nov 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/3/14; drank 6/20/14 @ the Yarchives.

Murky dull orange color.

HUGE cream head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus nose; hints of wheat.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pleasant, mild orange citrus with a bruising, unnecessarily bitter finish. Wheat notes emerge as it warms.

Not terrible, but certainly not to my taste.

Oct 07, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden body; beautiful rising carbonation, small bubbles and slowly ascending; thick and creamy head, thick, sticky sheets of foam coast the glass. A wonderful floral and light cereal grain aroma; gentle fruitiness to the nose. The taste opens with a slightly sweet caramel flavor, develops with a sweet berry-like element, and finishes up nicely with an excellent balanced bitterness. Heavy body; low-key residual sugars; warm yet juicy; semi-sweet with a slight cut of alcohol dryness.

This is an incredibly tasty American pale ale. Deftly balanced and nuanced.

Oct 05, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3-14-19
L: Orange, fairly hazy. Off-white head that 1 minute post-pour, results in a flat head and some sticky lacing.
S: Not much going on immediately. As it warms, a pine/GF aroma starts to emerge, but is subdued.
T: Much more going than the aroma. Light citrus, pine bitterness, and malty.
F: Smooth. Little carbonation. Light creamy finish.
O: This was my last of this buy. Multiple tastes over a couple of weeks resulted in the same thing. The look is a keeper. Nice particulate matter suspended throughout my drink. MF a plus.. but a little disappointed in the aroma. Would buy again should it come back around though.

May 18, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The lightly hazed golden-copper colored liquid pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” off white head that recedes slowly to a cap of foam and then a thin irregular island of foam while leaving a spotty web, a sheet, and rings of lacing. Sipping creates a couple of slender arches and lots of small patches, streaks and legs of lacing.

The aromas have some caramel, tropical fruits, a bit of melon and a light touch of citrus in the background.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose. There’s the caramel malt, some tropical fruits, a touch of melon and some lychee. The very light citric tinged bitterness is noticeable but remains in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the light to moderate and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and fruit flavors begin to fade as the light citric zest tinged bitterness moves to the back of the palate where it takes a long time to disappear.

Overall this is an enjoyable and drinkable beer that is fairly unusual for an APA in that both the hops and the malt play a major role in the aroma/flavor profile and play nicely together through out. I’ll expect I’ll be having a few more of these.

May 12, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper color with a finger of fluffy head. The nose is citrusy. The flavor also has a great citrus (especially orange) bite to accompany the hop bitterness.

This blurs the lines between APA and IPA.

May 10, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy yellow color with a good head and nice lacing. Citrus smell and taste. Malty and smooth. Interesting bottle art.

Mar 25, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, honey. Taste is malts up front, Taste is malts up front, light hops and citrus in the background. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I was expecting better.

Mar 10, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Space Station Middle Finger pours a bronze color, with a small, long lasting and lacing head. Boozy aroma, hoppy, with pine. Flavor is big and strong, boozy, a little bit of pine, and dry fruit. Good body and feel. Overall, great name, and great beer. Big flavors, stronger, like the pine.

Mar 04, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is a surprise: fruit (and not citrus) - apricot, and quite dominantly apricot. After the beer settles a bit, then some citrus. Hazy, murky orange, bright orange with a backlight; otherwise, a bit muddy. Small (tiny) particles along with the carbonation. Tall slightly tan (only slightly) thick head, slowly receding, leaving thick lacing that decorates the glass all the way down as you drink. Very nice looking. Smooth, creamy, almost thick, initially, but it thins out after the initial hit. As with the aroma, strong apricot taste, balanced with a bready malt, a touch of sweetness along with a nicely bitter middle. Finish is malty smooth, mild, and clean. Slightly bitter aftertaste. An unusual APA, but very well done and very delicious.

Jan 28, 2019
Space Station Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1808 ratings